Artist Of The Week: Samantha Lindo

We’re excited to have soul & UK jazz artist Samantha Lindo as our Artist Of the Week. After the feature of Lindo’s first single in the BBC Sounds ‘Hot List’ curated by BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music, this amazing Bristol based artist of mixed Jamaican heritage’s new track ‘Lights Go Out’, written on ‘black out Tuesday’, promises to pack just as much of a punch.

Listen to ‘Lights Go Out’ here:

Speaking as someone who is mixed race but passes for white, her perspective straddles experiences and identities and Samantha has been talking about issues of racial justice for a decade. Nitelife magazine describes how she ‘weaves poetry, spoken word and beautiful lyricism’ through her songs, ‘presenting some very real and raw issues of love, life and the human condition’ and the new track ‘Lights Go Out’, which brings together her music and activism, is no exception. The song is upbeat, fun and hopeful but it also speaks truth.

Her previous single ‘Underside’, with a more slow, shoulder moving groove was launched at her last live show before lockdown at Rough Trade and was performed live on BBC Radio Bristol, receiving rave press reviews of her ‘spine tingling vocal performance’.

Watch ‘Underside’ Live here:

Lights Go Out is inspired by Janelle Monae’s Turntables, the gospel roots of Micheal Kiwanuka and BBC 6 Music’s 2020 album of the year winners, Sault and you can hear flavours of the Afro-beat, soul and RnB sprinkled in that influence her sound. Her authentic style and musicality draws from a wide range of influences, from vocal greats like Etta James to spoken word prophetess Kae Tempest, as she harnesses the intrinsic power of the female vocal to speak beauty & truth.

She’ll be performing it live for the first time at internationally renowned St George’s Bristol, on Thursday the 10th of June alongside Brit award nominee Beth Rowley, Eliza Shaddad and Bristol’s Murmuration Choir as well as hosting an online performance and Q&A especially for her Patreon members on Thursday the 11th of March.

Nitelife Online said ‘I can well imagine Samantha shooting up to the top with an alarming speed – eyes peeled for this girl!’ And we most certainly second that statement with confidence.

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